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August 17, 2010 10:23:26 AM

Hi I was Wondering If I should upgrade from a AMD 940BE to a 1090T for gaming and video editing. I already just recently bought an SSD. I have 4GB Ram. Games like GTA 4 or Mafia 2, Bad Company 2 would I see any improvement from going from a quad to a hex. also my quad has a 3.4GHZ overclock limit even though I have the corsair H50. Should I upgrade the CPU from my current one or get another SSD to put in Raid 0+ more ram to go with it. I can either get the CPU or get SSD + more Ram which choice would be the best upgrade performance wise.
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August 17, 2010 10:38:16 AM

For video editing it would pay off (sort off.....) but for gaming the PII 940BE would be the same as the PII X6. So i would recommend you to stick with your X4 940 for now. 4GB RAM is plenty.

Games don't see any benefit from hexas now, so don't go for the X6! What is your GPU?
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August 17, 2010 12:05:15 PM

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Keep your 940BE.

I can't really recommend more ram without knowing how much ram you have now....

A video card upgrade would probably be the best choice, but you failed to mention what video card you have now....



He has 4GB RAM. Re-read his post:D 
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August 17, 2010 3:03:00 PM

cyberlink_20 said:
Hi I was Wondering If I should upgrade from a AMD 940BE to a 1090T for gaming and video editing. I already just recently bought an SSD. I have 4GB Ram. Games like GTA 4 or Mafia 2, Bad Company 2 would I see any improvement from going from a quad to a hex. also my quad has a 3.4GHZ overclock limit even though I have the corsair H50. Should I upgrade the CPU from my current one or get another SSD to put in Raid 0+ more ram to go with it. I can either get the CPU or get SSD + more Ram which choice would be the best upgrade performance wise.



You should have enough RAM - Monitor usage, and if you're regularly topping 80% then you might consider adding a little more. When gaming, I seriously doubt you'll come close. When encoding, you might.

Your games will see little/no benefit from changing your 940BE to a 1090T. OTOH, your encoding will likely benefit.

At the moment, if/when you RAID Solid State Drives: The TRIM command necessary to keep your SSD's running at speed will not work. For this reason, I recommend against doing this. Currently, I run my OS & games on an SSD and use a standard hard drive for Music/Video storage.
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August 17, 2010 4:19:11 PM

Hey guys I have TRI SLI GTX 260's do I really need a new video card lol. Out of those options I would like to know what the best upgrade would be. Sorry that I did not post my specs earlier.
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August 17, 2010 4:25:12 PM

cyberlink_20 said:
Hey guys I have TRI SLI GTX 260's do I really need a new video card lol. Out of those options I would like to know what the best upgrade would be. Sorry that I did not post my specs earlier.


2xGTX470 or 2xGTX480:D  Or a nice HD5970 or two of them (2xHD5970)
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August 17, 2010 6:01:34 PM

I re-read the posts, I'm guessing you are using a 64 bit operating system. If by chance it is 32 bit, then to increase memory you would also have to move to 64 bit operating system.

I dought moving from a quad to a hex core will give much performance boost (gaming - none, video editing, some depending on the software.

As Soctteq stated, Raid 0 for SSD will boost sequencial read/writes but very little improvement on 4 K random read/writes, But as He noted, you lose trim cmd (some of the newer SSDs have an internal "garbage collection" which negates the trim cmd to some extent.

On video tri sli of gtx 260 vs xfire of a pair of 5970's for gaming you would have to find some benchmarks and decide + Hugh cost investment! - No improvement on video editing as a pair of 260's in sli is probably overkill, unless you you have a HUGH Monitor(s).
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August 18, 2010 1:22:53 AM

I am using a 64bit system and I don't really want to change my videocards until they start to struggle in games I get well over 60FPS in most games and crysis runs smooth GTA for runs okay but only on patch 1.0.5.0 because Patch 6 and 7 just lags too much.
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August 18, 2010 7:24:03 PM

Well I am new to this site so I will start posting my specs at the bottom of my profile like you I am sorry If I did not post all my specs. Telling by my video cards I could be gaming at 1920 X 1080. The monitor I am using is 1680 X 1050 and it's 22.5 inch LG Flatron. My specs are AMD 940BE at 3.4GHZ 2.6GHZ NB, Mobo Asus M3NHT, 4GB Ram, TRI SLI GTX 260, Corsair HX 1000W PSU, 2 WD 500 Black 16MB Raid 0, 1 WD Caviar Green 1TB, OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD. So zipzoomflyhigh if you can please help me that would be great as I do have money to an upgrade of your choosing on any of the three options I have talked about above thanks.
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August 18, 2010 8:20:27 PM

cyberlink_20 said:
Well I am new to this site so I will start posting my specs at the bottom of my profile like you I am sorry If I did not post all my specs. Telling by my video cards I could be gaming at 1920 X 1080. The monitor I am using is 1680 X 1050 and it's 22.5 inch LG Flatron. My specs are AMD 940BE at 3.4GHZ 2.6GHZ NB, Mobo Asus M3NHT, 4GB Ram, TRI SLI GTX 260, Corsair HX 1000W PSU, 2 WD 500 Black 16MB Raid 0, 1 WD Caviar Green 1TB, OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD. So zipzoomflyhigh if you can please help me that would be great as I do have money to an upgrade of your choosing on any of the three options I have talked about above thanks.


Well by your PC specs i think you should upgrade to 2xGTX460's in SLI...... i think that the X4 940BE will bottleneck the 2 GTX470's.
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August 19, 2010 2:58:41 AM

Go with ssd achi for os win 7 64pro and wd-vr's for games,1tb 7200rpms for store. it work's and it's fast.(I.O.M.) i thank you and good luck!
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August 19, 2010 3:35:26 AM

Ps: games like low cl.memory from my own testing. (I.M.O) I thank you and again good luck too you sir. And a big no on 6 core cpu.
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August 20, 2010 7:16:18 AM

Got myself a 1055T overclocked it to 4.0GHZ and the SSD as well in Raid 0, thanks for all the help. Thread closed
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